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LOVE IS THE FIRST AND GREATEST COMMANDMENT

29 DECEMBER (The Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord) ?1 John 2:3-11; Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 5b-6 (R.v.11a); Luke 2:22-35 ?LOVE IS THE FIRST AND GREATEST COMMANDMENT (Matt 22:37-38) My dear, St Paul really said it and I believe; all things work together unto good for those who love God (Rom 8:28). If you really love God, then you certainly have nothing to be afraid of because it means that you have all that matters.? To love is to keep all the commandments because God is love (1 John 4:16) and all commandments comes from God....

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GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL

28 DECEMBER (Feast of the Holy Innocents) ?1 John 1:5 – 2:2); Ps 124:2-3, 4-5, 7b-8 (R.v.7ab); Matt 2:13-18 ?”GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL” (1 John 1:5) My dear, as we have stepped into the very last week in the year 2015, I pray that all the good things you ever starts must be directed by God to their fruitful completion through Christ our Lord. Amen.? Today, in the life of the Church, and still in the spirit of Christmas, we celebrate the feast of the Holy Innocents, that is, those children who were...

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LET THE SPIRIT OF GOD SPEAK THROUGH YOU

26 DECEMBER (Feast of St. Stephen) ?Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59; Ps 31:3bc-4, 6 and 8ab, 16bc and 17 (R.v.6a); Matt 10:17-22 ?LET THE SPIRIT OF GOD SPEAK THROUGH YOU (cf. Matt 10:18) We give thanks to God for his love and mercy upon us, and for the opportunity to reflect on his Word daily. May his name be glorified both now and forever. Amen.? We pray that he may allow his Word to penetrate the innermost part of our being and give us the grace to serve him more faithfully not minding the danger that might want to scare us away...

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BLESSED BE THE LORD THE GOD OF ISRAEL

24 DECEMBER ?2 Sam 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29 (R.v.2a); Luke 1:67-79 ?”BLESSED BE THE LORD THE GOD OF ISRAEL” (Luke 1:67) Do you not have any cause in your life to give thanks to God? Zechariah bursted out to sing the ‘Benedictus’ (Luke 1:67-79); Mary sang the ‘Magnificat’ (Luke 1:46-56) just like Hannah (1 Sam 2:1-11).?? Even if you think that your life and situations have been something close to hell this year, St Paul still encourages you, “Give thanks to God in all circumstances for that is the will of God for you...

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I WILL SEND YOU ELIJAH, THE PROPHET, BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD COMES

23 DECEMBER ?Mal 3:1-4, 4:5-6; Ps 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14 (R. Luke 21:28); Luke 1:57-66 ?”I WILL SEND YOU ELIJAH, THE PROPHET, BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD COMES” (Mal 3:23) Still in the mood of thanksgiving. God has shown me so great love and I will continue to serve him till when it pleases him that I should breath my last. May his name be glorified both now and for ever. Amen.? The Day of the Lord is seen as the day in which God is going to save Israel from the hand of their oppressors. The people...

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LEARN TO GIVE BACK TO GOD

22 DECEMBER ?1 Sam 1:24-28; 1 Sam 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd (R.v.1a); Luke 1:46-56 ?LEARN TO GIVE BACK TO GOD Today is a day of thanksgiving for me. It is on this day, exactly one year ago, that God saved me from a terrible accident in which I lost my car but was miraculously left without a scratch. Join me then singing praises to the Lord and in praying that I will always honour him with holiness of life.?? Do you think that God has done any great thing for you? Have you ever thought of giving back something to...

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ARISE, MY LOVE… AND COME AWAY

21 DECEMBER ?Song 2:8-14; Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21 (R.v.1a, 3a); Luke 1:39-45 ?”ARISE, MY LOVE… AND COME AWAY” (Song 2:10) My dear, we begin this new working week with a love story – the love of God. May God’s love envelope you today and beyond in all that you do through Christ our Lord. Amen.?? The Book of the Song of Songs contains some poems that expresses a kind of love between the lover and the beloved. A theological interpretation of that sees God as the lover and we the beloved. In Song 2:8-14, the lover advances to meet the...

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BEHOLD, YOU ARE BARREN AND HAVE NO CHILDREN; BUT YOU SHALL CONCEIVE AND BEAR A SON

19 DECEMBER ?Judg 13:2-7, 24-25a; Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17 (R.v.8a); Luke 1:5-25 ?”BEHOLD, YOU ARE BARREN AND HAVE NO CHILDREN; BUT YOU SHALL CONCEIVE AND BEAR A SON” (Judg 13:3) My dear, you are a child of destiny. Never allow the enemy to minister failure into your life. God who created you did so for a purpose. So never think that the Lord has abandoned you or does not answer you in times of your needs.? Have you read the account of the announcement of the birth of Samson (Judg 13:2-25) or that of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-25)? Did...

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THE LORD IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jer 23:6)

📖Jer 23:5-8; Ps 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19 (R.v.7); Matt 1:18-24 As we said at the beginning of Advent, most of the readings we shall be taking from now till the Christmas eve shall be preparing us principally for the immediate celebration of Christmas. Today, there is a reassurance given to those who are hoping for divine intervention in their life situations at the coming of the saviour. According to the psalmist, “In his days shall justice flourish, and great peace forever” (Ps 72:7). That’s why Herod was uncomfortable when the prophecy was about to be fulfilled. Darkness and light does not...

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THAT ALL MAY BE SAVED

17 DECEMBER ?Gen 49:2, 8-10, ; Ps 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8, 17 (R.v.7); Matt 1:1-17 ?”THAT ALL MAY BE SAVED” (1 Tim 2:4) Right from the beginning, after the fall of man, God had a plan for his salvation. Jacob must therefore have been inspired to make that prophecy concerning Judah that, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah…until he comes to whom it belongs; and to him shall be the obedience of the people” (Gen 49:10).? We can understand that that prophecy preempts the promise made to David that his dynasty shall last for ever (2 Sam 7:13), which found...

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